Lauren E. Nelson

Senior Analyst serving Infrastructure & Operations PROFESSIONALS

Lauren E. Nelson, Forrester's private infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud lead, is an analyst based in Cambridge, Mass., serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals. Her coverage area spans the IaaS space with extensive knowledge of solutions (including internal private, hosted private, and public IaaS), enterprise adoption trends, the current state of cloud standardization, and cloud metrics creation. Her coverage also includes strategic rightsourcing of applications, cloud strategy development, customer use cases, cloud adoption trends, cloud economics, and the green implications of cloud computing. Lauren has advised hundreds of enterprises on these topics through speeches, workshops, webinars, inquiries, advisory, and reports.

Previous Work Experience

Previously, Lauren was a researcher on Forrester's infrastructure and operations team. She interviewed hundreds of I&O Professionals and technology vendors while conducting primary and secondary research for reports and consulting engagements. Prior to her time at Forrester, Lauren worked in environmental economics research, focusing on temperature change and racial diversity near SuperFund sites.


Lauren graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in economics.

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Assess Your Cloud Maturity

    Assessment: The Cloud Computing Playbook

    As infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders refine cloud strategies to deliver the experiences and the agility that their firms' customers demand, they'll need to assess their level of cloud...

    • Downloads: 1788
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Vendor Landscape: Private Cloud Overview

    Forrester has been tracking almost 50 private cloud service providers that deliver products or services to enterprises. This report refreshes Forrester's high-level overview of this landscape for...

    • Downloads: 783
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Cloud Computing Maturity Assessment: Q2 2015

    This tool accompanies the assessment report in the cloud computing playbook. It offers clients the ability to measure their own cloud maturity.

    • Downloads: 59
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:TechRadar™: Private Cloud, Q3 2015

    Private Cloud Software Suites Hit Equilibrium As Enterprises Take A Segmented Approach To Private Cloud

    Customers no longer question cloud computing as a viable technology choice. And in a growing number of enterprises, cloud is now the first choice. But cloud isn't a single technology. It's composed...

    • Downloads: 244
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Brief: OpenStack Is Now Ready For Business

    Robust Technology And A Strong Community Make This Open Source Cloud A Good Choice For Powering New Enterprise Applications

    The open source cloud computing project OpenStack has come a long way since NASA and Rackspace launched it in 2010. Backed by leading technology infrastructure providers including Cisco, Dell, EMC,...

    • Downloads: 204
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2016: The Cloud Accelerates

    Eleven Key Developments For Cloud And What I&O Pros Should Do About Them

    After reaching mainstream acceptance in 2015, cloud will shift into the next gear in 2016. This next stage will focus on expanding cloud use cases and infrastructure and operations (I&O)...

    • Downloads: 230
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Private Cloud Maturity Assessment: Q3 2015

    Forrester's private cloud maturity assessment evaluates your current and desired state maturity across 42 key private cloud elements within four top-level domains: technical, governance, people, and...

    • Downloads: 1
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: OpenStack Summit, Q2 2015

    The Main Focus Of The Kilo Release Is Community App Catalog And DefCore Improvements

    Every six months, the OpenStack Foundation hosts a release summit. These summits always provide a mix of end user stories, release updates, and OpenStack deep dive sessions, aimed at OpenStack users...

    • Downloads: 93
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Brief: VMworld 2015 Reveals A Disruptor In Transition

    VMware Woos Cloud-Native Developers In Its Quest To Overcome Its Innovator's Dilemma

    VMware recently revealed the direction that it's heading at its annual VMworld conference. In 2013, VMware announced its pursuit of three complementary product strategies for the BT agenda: 1)...

    • Downloads: 84
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Why Overlays Are Getting The Most Attention In The Software-Defined Network Market

    The Taxonomy And Benefits Of The Software-Defined Network Overlay Market

    It will be another five years before software-defined networking (SDN) becomes a mainstream foundation of the business technology (BT) that can be applied across the entire network. However,...

    • Downloads: 93
  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: OpenStack Summit, Q4 2015

    The Liberty Summit Focused On Incremental Improvements And Reassurance

    The OpenStack Foundation hosts a semi-annual release summit to provide a mix of end user stories, release updates, and OpenStack deep-dive sessions. Last week's Tokyo summit drew a crowd of over...

    • Downloads: 62